Ranking for 2016: 13
Industry Sector: Transit
Specific Sector: LRT
Range: $1 billion - $5 billion
Project Value: $3,315,000,000
Government Funds Involved: In July 2015, the federal government announced it would contribute one-third of the cost. The provincial government has also signaled its financial support for the Stage 2 expansion in the 2015 budget under its Moving Ontario Forward infrastructure fund. This tri- level funding arrangement is similar to the partnership for the Confederation Line currently under construction.
Funding Source: Public
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: 2023
Ottawa’s mayor, council, and representatives from the city’s business, tourism, and academic communities officially launched the Ottawa LRT Stage 2 funding request to the federal and provincial governments. Stage 2 will further reduce commute times by adding 19 new stations and 30 kilometres of rail to Ottawa’s O-Train system between 2018 and 2023. It was recently confirmed through EA work it can be constructed within the $3-billion budget established in the city’s 2013 Transportation Master Plan.
In 2016, the original $3 billion budget for the project was increased by $315 million. The new money is dedicated to two new extensions of the line: an extension running south to Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport, as well as east along Trim Road.
There are two additional costs that are also being considered for the project. The first is the widening of Highway 417 from Maitland to the interchange at Highway 416. The projected cost of that work is $150 million. There is also potential for an additional $70-$80-million expense to bundle municipal infrastructure work at or near LRT work sites.